Are you trying to make a quick dime from electronics? Why limit yourself to dimes? This coin acceptor will take up to six different kinds of coin! Whether you’re building your own arcade cabinet or just charging admission to your house, this programmable coin acceptor makes it easy to monetize your next project.
The sensors in this coin acceptor use the thickness, diameter and fall time of the coins to identify them and it’s fully programmable so you’re not limited to any particular type of currency. Simply use the buttons and 7-segment display on the side of the unit to select a coin profile, insert a bunch of coin samples (or the same one, over and over) and you’re good to go! After you’ve programmed the coin profiles, the coin acceptor will recognize them and report when each type is inserted, rejecting other coins.
This is different from the Coin Acceptor - Programmable (3 coin types), since it has more built-in memory. Hence, it can accept upto 6 different types of coins. This is a cheaper version of the Coin Acceptor - Programmable (6 coin types) and it does not have serial communication hardware. Thus you wont find the serial or parellel port on this system. However, it has the standard pulse output, which can be programmed by the user. All that the system needs is a 12V power supply, and you can get pulses out from the pulse pin from the 4-pin header. These pulses can be read by an Arduino, AVR controller, or any other control circuit and implemented onto your application easily.
New! This coin acceptor now accepts thicker coins, since it has a wider openning. Thus, it can now also accept old Rs.5 coins!
So maybe you won’t get rich building your own vending machines but access control using different sizes of tokens might be cool, or even a virtual vending machine where you can buy MMORPG items. There are a ton of cool coin-operated projects just waiting to be built!